Flounder Fishing

If you can get your hand on the mullet as bait, flounder fishing is best in an outgoing tide around structure that creates a break in the water flow. Flounder prefer eddies, where they can lay around and wait for feed. Try working the mullet slowly along the bottom, first casting out past the eddy and bringing it back across. Keep in mind that flounder fishing can lead to a subtle bite rather than a snap of the rod, usually causing a sensation simply of extra pressure. This feeling usually means that the flounder is holding the bait inside its mouth, using its sharp teeth to trap it inside. It will typically head back to shelter, maybe even ten feet or so, before attempting to swallow the bait, so you have to be patient when flounder fishing in order to actually reel in your catch.

If you have a trolling motor, flounder fishing is especially productive in the rocks and jetties that head out to the ocean, especially using the slack tide method. Here, the flounder hug the rocks or sit on the bottom of the ocean. You can also find fine flounder fishing in cuts and inlets, especially up and down the east coast, where there is an excellent catch of doormats.

Through the use of the right methods and important knowledge of where to find the species, flounder fishing can be quite productive and yet still present a challenge to those who need a little additional excitement in their angling expeditions.

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Daniel Eggertsen
Dan Eggertsen is a fellow saltwater fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on saltwater fishing since 2004.

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